Joseph M. Shields Jr.- September 20, 2017

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TEMECULA, CA -- Shields, Joseph M. Jr. age 59 years, of Temecula, California passed away suddenly from a cardiac event on September 20, 2017.
Joe is survived by his wife, Mary Ann (Consolo) Shields; his children, Joseph M. III and Haley Morgan; his mother, Marion Shields; his brother, Marty Shields; sister, Lori (Joe) Nunziato; and nieces and nephew; Liana Nunziato, Jena Nunziato, and Martin H. Shields. Joe was predeceased by his father, mentor, and namesake, Joseph M. Shields Sr.

Joe was born in 1958 and lived in Coeymans Hollow, NY throughout his childhood. He was a 1976 graduate from RCS Central School District. In his early career, Joe worked as a brakeman with Conrail for 9 years, before going on to pursue his education in Electrical Engineering at Union College, in Schenectady, NY.

On August 27, 1988, Joe married the love of his life, Mary Ann and has been happily married ever since. In 1991, Joe and Mary Ann moved to California, so that Joe could begin his career as a licensed Professional Engineer in the division of Electrical Engineering at Camp Pendleton Public Works. He served as a devoted employee for over 26 years and had nearly completed his PE licensing requirements in Civil Engineering at the time of his death. On August 19, 1992 and January 21, 1997, respectively, Joe welcomed his children into the world, who were the most important part of his life.

Outside of work, Joe spent most of his time embracing life and all that it had to offer. He made his family his priority and cherished his children. In many ways, he wasn’t just a son, husband, brother and father; he was a friend. Joe loved the outdoors, music, going to the movies; and his favorite sports teams, namely the Yankees, Jets, and Celtics. Furthermost, Joe loved his past and present dogs, (Dusty, Kina and Maggie), especially taking them on daily walks.

Joe cared for his family so deeply always ensuring that they’d be well taken care of. Following his passing, a new furry addition “Ziggy” with one blue eye, joined Joe’s immediate family. Becoming a much-needed distraction during this difficult time, and showing his family that his ability to assure their needs did not end with his passing. Joe will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

A memorial service will be held locally at a later date, details to follow. The family asks you to continue to hold them and Joe in your prayers during this difficult time.